When it comes to special events, fairs and festivals, Maryland has something for
everyone. Whether it's honoring food, history, heritage, or one of the four seasons,
Maryland celebrations are known for their authentic charm. The following is just
a sample of the events taking place year round in this beautiful state.
Authentic Maryland experiences await travelers in 2014
Make it a New Year's resolution to visit more of Maryland more often! The diverse
range of attractions and destinations in the state affords opportunities to discover
authentic Maryland experiences throughout the year. Maryland is brimming with history,
culture, recreation and sheer natural beauty.
Here are a dozen travel suggestions:
January– Winter Fun - Western Maryland's WispResort, located by Deep Creek Lake
(Garrett County), features skiing and snowboarding instruction this month. StateParks throughout Maryland are also celebrating Winter Sports and many parks have
warm accommodations featuring wood stoves, and heat.
February – Hollywood on the Chesapeake - The Academy Awards telecast, Feb. 24, conjures
up images of Maryland locations featured in the movies. Since hometown directors
Barry Levinson and John Waters put Baltimore on the map with films such as Diner
and Hairspray, the state has been known as "Hollywood on the Chesapeake". Most recently,
Golden Globe favorite Game Change has made Maryland home. In the recent past, the
Eastern Shore town of Berlin (Worcester County) became well known for the romantic
comedy Runaway Bride, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. The Atlantic Hotel,
built in 1895, was a prominent backdrop. These days, "Second Fridays" in Berlin showcase
the town's arts and entertainment district.
March – Harriet Tubman Centennial - This month marks the 100-year anniversary of
Harriet Tubman's passing. During a commemorative weekend, there will be a groundbreaking
for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park near Cambridge (Dorchester
County) and a ribbon-cutting for a similarly named Tubman Byway that extends 125
miles in Maryland. Jazz musician Marcus Shelby also presents a Tubman musical tribute
with a March 10 concert at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge.
April– Chesapeake Campaign- Beginning this month, a number of Maryland towns commemorate
the bicentennial of the War of 1812's Chesapeake Campaign – a series of British invasions
that began with an attack on Elkton (Cecil County) at the head of the Chesapeake
Bay. This 200th anniversary serves as a reminder to the history and heritage of North
America's largest estuary. One way for visitors to navigate around the bay is aboard
charter boats. A great way to mark the April beginning of the trophy season for Maryland's
state fish, the striped bass (rockfish), is aboard a charter boat with a captain
knowledgeable about where the big ones are biting.
May – Wine and Mom - Wine in the Woods, May 18-19 in Columbia's Symphony Woods (Howard
County), is one of the year's major wine festivals. In addition to being a showcase
for Maryland's increasing number of winemakers, the festival offers two stages of
live entertainment, wine seminars, arts and crafts, and of course, an array of wine
tastings. For a unique outing for Mother's Day, consider visiting one of Maryland's
60 wineries located from the mountains to the ocean.
June – Free Stuff in the Free State - Free attractions abound in the "Free State."
St. Mary's College of Maryland (St. Mary's County) presents free, outdoor concerts
on Friday evenings during the first half of summer. The River Concert Series, on
select dates in June and July, features guest artists who perform with the college's
resident ensemble, the Chesapeake Orchestra.
July– Buy Local - Maryland's Buy Local Challenge, during the last week of the month,
encourages residents (and visitors) to eat at least one item from a Maryland farm
each day. Fresh, seasonal items from local sources include products from Maryland
wineries and craft breweries. The cluster of wineries along the Frederick (County)
Wine Trail accounts for more than half of the state's wine production. Several breweries
are also in this area.
August – Dogs Day of Summer - Since the 2011 passing of Fido-friendly legislation,
Maryland restaurants, accommodations and attractions have been working to unleash
pet-friendly practices. Tourism officials in Annapolis say their colonial-era town
– especially suited for a stroll – is one of the state's most pet-friendly destinations.
Ellicott City has a wine store that even hosts a monthly Yappy Hour.
September– Uniquely Maryland - The Maryland Seafood Festival, the weekend after
Labor Day at Sandy Point State Park (Anne Arundel County), is an event with a distinct
"Old Bay" flavor. Chesapeake Bay seafood takes center stage amid a celebration that
includes a crab soup cook-off, craft beer tastings, chef demos and live entertainment.
October – Horsing Around - Maryland's equestrian heritage is in the spotlight at
Maryland Million Day, Oct. 6 at Laurel Park (Prince George's County). This one-day
stakes program offers purses totaling $1 million. The nominated horses that run in
this annual event are the progeny of nominated stallions in the state. Fair Hills
International in Elkton features dressage, endurance and stadium-jumping competitions.
According to the Maryland Horse Industry Board, Maryland has more horses per square
mile than any other state.
November– Art of the Chesapeake- The Waterfowl Festival, Nov. 8-10 in and around
Easton (Talbot County), is emblematic of the "art of the Chesapeake Bay." This annual
weekend event, which began in 1971, is a celebration of wildlife art and Chesapeake
Bay culture. Festival proceeds benefit conservation efforts across the bay region.
More than 300 wildlife artists and artisans participate.
December– Main Street Holiday Shopping - Local merchants and proprietors along Maryland's
nearly two-dozen designated Main Streets offer neighborhood shopping and entertainment
throughout the year – especially during holiday time. Main Street development has
spurred the revitalization of historical commercial districts. The program has evolved
through a partnership between the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
and National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Preakness Stakes- 139th running - May 17, 2014
Maryland Seafood Festival, September 9, 2013.
The Race! - The Preakness Stakes is an American flat Thoroughbred horse race held
on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.
It is a Grade I race run over a distance of 9.5 furlongs on dirt.
Sandy Point State Park will again be the host site for the 45th annual Maryland Seafood Festival, a tasty and entertaining tradition, with music, great food, exhibits, arts and crafts, and featuring The Capital’s 22nd Crab Soup Cook-off and the Department of Natural Resources’ Maryland Fishing Challenge Featuring Diamond Jim Award Ceremony. This family fun and feasting event is expected to draw 20,000+ visitors from the all across the mid-Atlantic region. visit: Seafood Fest